Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 25, 2010). Serial number on the label says "935211527" so it's actually bottled 3:27pm PST, December 18th, 2009 on bottling line #1, (see here: http://www.sierranevada.com/images/BottleCode2009.pdf ).
Eyes: Pours a hazy darkish orange. The head is thick and fluffy. Quite a nice look to this one.
Nose: The typical IPA citrus/pine hop character is there, but it does smell a bit earthy also. Not the typical three Cs of hops in here evidently, as ther is a bit of a more musty hop character. A stiff malt aroma wafts up also.
Tongue: Strong pine hops up front with a strong bitter bite. Earthy, toasty, with some sweet citrus fruit up, then orange peel, pine sap, and a bit more biscuit malt to close it off. The finish is fairly bitter. I like the profile here, but not as much as Sierra Nevada's other quality IPA, Celebration Ale.
Mouth: The sharp, bitter and full mouthfeel is really quite good.
Libation: Another good, clean, a quality offering from Sierra Nevada in the West Coast IPA style. I really can't find a fault with this IPA, it's got good, flavor and it's well balanced, but it just doesn't seem to fully mesh together for me. I like some very bitter IPAs and DIPAs, but in comparison this one delivers a bit too much bitterness for the flavor. Very good overall, but it wont be a go-to IPA for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2010 06:24:44 | More by OttoBomb
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3.91/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
355 mL bottle picked up as a mixed-six in MI; bottled Oct. 25 2013 and served slightly chilled.
Pours a clear, orange-amber colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of bumpy, foamy, off-white coloured head. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, leaving behind an uneven cap and a doily pattern of lace around the edge of the glass. Fairly typical aroma for the style - orange citrus and grapefruit, earthy pine and some bready malt notes. Approachable enough.
This one strikes me as a textbook West Coast IPA, but not an incredible one. The malt backbone offers up some mild caramel and bready malt sweetness, but the hops are clearly the main focus. White grapefruit, orange peel and floral notes soon lead into an earthy, slightly spicy finish that leaves a lingering bitterness behind on the palate after each sip. Medium-bodied, with moderately restrained carbonation that provides a relatively crisp, refreshing mouthfeel for an IPA. Not particularly sticky/oily, and the alcohol is quite well-masked. This one is easy to drink quickly at first, but the abv and bitterness catches up to you quickly.
Final Grade: 3.91, a very respectable B+. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA makes for an enjoyable glass, one that is sure to please hopheads regardless of where they may dwell. This bottle is 8 months old and still drinking nicely, so I hope to procure a fresher sample at some point - I have a feeling this stuff would be stellar without the age. A very solid IPA; one that I'd purchase on the regular if it were available in this province.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2014 03:33:18 | More by thehyperduck
3.89/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 ounce can purchased at the local quick mart.
A: A very nice orange amber with good head and excellent retention.
S: Hoppy, citrus notes. Clean and somewhat floral.
T: Nice hop notes, not too awfully heavy on the citrus. Decent complexity.
M: Just about what I have come to expect from an IPA. Decent bite.
O: This is a solid ale and at 2$ a pint it's also a solid bargain.
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 22:12:45 | More by PvtSnowball
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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